Hellraiser

Hellraiser

Clive Barker (1987)

93min
18 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
Popular horror writer Clive Barker successfully transfers his trademark perverse chills to the screen in his directorial debut - a surreal, claustrophobic and graphic shocker about the consequences of opening a Chinese puzzle box. The film allows Barker to introduce a dark new mythology to the genre as well as the Cenobites - leather-clad, disfigured angels from hell with intriguing concepts of dimensional pleasure and pain. Despite his uneven direction, and the odd Cricklewood locations, this absorbing sado-masochistic chiller really delivers the gruesome goods.

Summary

A cruel man is sucked into a world of sadistic demons by a magical Chinese puzzle box. He escapes and turns to a former lover, now married to his brother, for help restoring himself fully to life. As she seduces and kills men so he can absorb their body parts, his niece encounters his nightmarish captors. Clive Barker's horror, starring Andrew Robinson, Clare Higgins, Ashley Laurence, Sean Chapman and Doug Bradley.

Cast & Crew

Larry Cotton Andrew Robinson
Julia Cotton Clare Higgins
Kirsty Swanson Ashley Laurence
Frank Cotton Sean Chapman
Frank the Monster Oliver Smith
Steve Robert Hines
Lead Cenobite Doug Bradley
First victim Anthony Allen
Second victim Leon Davis
Third victim Michael Cassidy
Derelict Frank Baker (4)
Director Clive Barker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Entertainment Film Dists LtdGuidance: Contains violence, swearing and sex scenes. Available on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama